New DanceBugs Classes in Solihull starting in September!


After recently appointing new DanceBugs manager Charlotte, we are now opening fantastic new children’s dance classes in Solihull and Birmingham!


We offer a large variety of different dance styles in our classes. These include; freestyle, acro, street, pom dance, ballet and many more! This ensures that no matter what style your child prefers or would like to learn, DanceBugs have it covered! Through experiencing the range of styles, kids will develop  their own unique style and blossom in confidence.

Children's Dance classes in Solihull

All DanceBugs classes are perfectly suited to both boys and girls, running for ages one upwards! We strive to make all of our dance lessons enjoyable through different themes and stories. This not only helps improve children’s fitness and flexibility, but also their confidence levels and behaviour!


The Dance classes timetables are split into our pre-school timetable and our dance school timetable. This ensures that all our classes are taught age appropriately, allowing children to progress at similar levels. Our children’s dance classes in Solihull run at the Village Hotel in Shirley on Saturday mornings and the Solihull Sixth form on Sunday Mornings. However, we do also run evening classes in Solihull throughout the week for those children over the age of six. Please call Charlotte on 0121 777 7792 to find out class details and which would be most suitable for you.


We offer children the opportunity to come and have a free trial to our dance classes! This means that you can come along to your first class and see what we’re all about, how our sessions run and most importantly, how much your child will love it!

Children's Dance Classes in Solihull

If you would like to book your child onto a free taster session, or would like to know more information on DanceBugs, please either call Charlotte on 0121 777 7792 or email:

Five years on, have we seen the effects of the ‘Olympic Legacy’?


It has been five years this month since the iconic London Olympic Games. Five years since the breathtaking opening ceremony featuring the Queen and Mr Bean. Five years since Sir Chris Hoy claimed his sixth Olympic gold medal. And five years since that ‘Super Saturday’, with six Team GB gold medals – three of which came within an hour at the evening athletics session.
The 2012 the games in London were built around creating a legacy to inspire the nation and overall increase participation within sport. So, after the most successful medal tally from Team GB (later surpassed in Rio 2016), has the legacy actually helped more people participate and get active?


Unfortunately, there has been little increase in overall participation, according to the BBC and Sport England.


Despite a £1 billion investment into grassroots sport, the participation levels of those surveyed has appeared to stay around the same level. This can be seen in the graph below.



Due to the record breaking performance of Team GB, it was hoped there would be a dramatic spike in participation after 2012. However, the graph shows that figures from all age groups stayed as they were before and have failed to increase since.
There figures however only concern those ages 14 and above. So, is the story any different for the younger generation?
The study looked at participation levels of age groups 5-10 years old and 11-15 years old and if the Olympics had a positive effect on them wanting to get active. While younger children’s participation levels are higher than those older than 15, there has still been little to no increase in levels since 2012 (as seen below).


According to the survey, around 70% of those between 5-10 said “not at all” in response to a question on whether they were encouraged to take part in sport since hosting the Olympics. However, 57% of those aged 11-15 said they had been encouraged from the 2012 Games.
It should also be noted that these figures represent participation in sport for at least 30 minutes a week. While it is positive that high percentages are shown from 11-15-year olds, it is still worrying that this amount of time participating is not higher, as the recommended amount of physical activity per week is far greater than just 30 minutes.
The Bugs Group are seeking to get as many children possible across the country active and participating in sport. Through working within schools and nurseries, running community classes and also holiday camps, we introduce children to sport and physical activity and give them positive experiences through engaging them with sport in a fun way.


Through FootieBugs, YogaBugs, DanceBugs and MultiBugs we offer a wide variety of activities that are taught through the use of imagination and storytelling around different themes. Children will go on jungle adventures through yoga, supercar adventures with footballs and explore creative movements through dance!
We have recently teamed up with BBC Get Inspired to try and encourage as many people as possible to start participating in sport and remain physically active and healthy. View our activities on the Get Inspired website here.


If you would like to find out more information on The Bugs Group and any of our activities, please either call 0121 777 7792 or visit our website.

BBC Report – Number of Children with Type 2 Diabetes Rising


The BBC have reported that local councils are finding a “hugely disturbing trend” as the number of cases of children being treated for type 2 diabetes is rising. There are now more than 600 children receiving treatment, with some as young as five.


According to the NHS, type 2 diabetes is strongly linked with being overweight and obesity. Being obese can significantly increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, especially within young children.
It is clear to see the direct correlation between the rising number of children with type 2 diabetes and child obesity rates rising. As of 2016, one in five children leaving year 6 were classified as obese, with one in ten children starting in reception.


There are a number of serious health factors that can be caused by type 2 diabetes. The most serious issue is the increased chance of suffering a cardiovascular disease, which can include heart attacks or strokes. There is also increased risks of damage to nerves, the kidneys and the eyes (Mayo Clinic).
It is worrying to see that despite lots of efforts to reduce child obesity and the risk of diabetes, figures are still rising. Having children at such a young age with potentially serious health complications is an issue that clearly needs more support and effort into tackling to help prevent it.
Diabetes UK believe that three in five cases of type 2 diabetes can actually be prevented or delayed through a number of ways. The two easiest and best ways to reduce the risk is by simply eating better and getting more active. By engaging in physical activity and eating a healthy and balanced diet, it can dramatically reduce the chances of becoming overweight.


There are also calls for the Government to ban or limit junk food adverts on TV and also reduce the levels of sugar and fat content within food products that are popular with children. This could be one possible way to deal with the rising number of children with type 2 diabetes.
The Bugs Group believe in promoting physical and healthy eating through our fun and engaging sessions. We introduce children to sport and physical exercise at an early age and create positive experiences so that they are sure to enjoy and keep participating.


Children’s overall well-being is at the forefront of everything we do. Within The Bugs Group we operate as FootieBugs, YogaBugs, DanceBugs and MultiBugs. Each company uses their specific expertise to create programmes specifically tailored to suiting children’s needs and benefiting them.
The way we teach our sessions is through combing sport and physical activity with storytelling and imagination. This means children go on fun adventures and learn through play. Our adventures and sessions can be themed on anything from children’s favourite superheroes to the importance of eating healthily. We aim to promote positive habits to try and counter the rising number of children with type 2 diabetes.


The Bugs Group - Promoting Healthy Eating and Lifestyle

The Bugs Group work within schools and nurseries, run holiday camps and also community classes to ensure children always have an opportunity to get active and healthy. If you would like to find out more information on The Bugs Group, please either visit our website, email or call 0121 777 792.

FootieBugs Summer Holiday Camp Half-Time Review!


As we near the halfway point of the school summer holidays, our Kids Football Holiday Camp in Solihull is well underway!


Although the weather hasn’t been perfect so far, we’ve been having lots of fun in the sports hall! There has been lots of excellent work from all the children at the camp and we can see an improvement in their skills already.


Alongside the usual favourite games such as the crossbar challenge and penalty shootouts, children have also used a range of training equipment! Ladders, hurdles and parachutes have all been used to work on more technical and physical skills. The children have had lots of fun using the new equipment and the parachute proved to be the most popular in the skills station session!

Kids Football Holiday Camp in Solihull

We have also had different themed days at the camp, such as ‘Fact Tuesday’. On fact Tuesday the kids told an interesting fact about their favourite team to try and collect points before the World Cup competition day every Friday!


On World Cup competition day, children are split into teams and pick an international country to be before competing in a number of games and activities to collect points! At the end of the day the team with the most points are crowned the winners! The winning team win special trophies, but everyone goes home with a medal and a certificate!


Here are last week’s winners with their trophies.

Kids Football Holiday Camp in Solihull

We will also be welcoming two Junior Coaches onto the camp next week, as part of the Junior Coach Programme. Whilst helping with the running of the camp, they will also be learning from our experienced coaches and progressing through different levels of the programme. Once they have reached level 5, they will have learnt ‘the FootieBugs way’ of coaching and will be confident in running technical drills and fun games by themselves. To find out more on the Junior Coach Programme, please click here.

Kids Football Holiday Camp in Solihull

There are now just three weeks left on the Kids Football Holiday Camp in Solihull and places are running out. If you would like to book your child onto the camp, please either visit our website here, call 0121 777 7792 or email

DanceBugs are Recruiting!


Here at DanceBugs, we are always searching for energetic and bubbly dance teachers to join our team!


After hiring our new DanceBugs Manager Charlotte, who has over 12 years experience in the industry, we are expanding! We are looking for passionate and confident dance teachers in Solihull and Birmingham to join our team in time for September and also throughout the 17/18 academic year.


If you are someone that has a passion for all things dance and staying fit and healthy and would like to share this passion through teaching children, then this is the opportunity for you!


At DanceBugs, we work within schools and nurseries and run our own community classes, holiday camps and dance school. This means that there is always teaching opportunities during weekdays/nights, weekends (which can also include birthday parties) and during school holidays! We teach children from the age of 1 all about dance by combining dance moves with stories and themes, encouraging children to learn, love and progress through dance. DanceBugs don’t just focus on one particular style of dance, but we like to offer a wide variety of styles! This can range from ballet to street, or even freestyle to acro!

Dance Teachers in Solihull and Birmingham

So what experience do you need?

A qualification from the IDTA or other similar recognised governing body is required for the role. Ideally you would also have some form of experience in teaching, writing and creating lesson plans and also creating choreographic performances.


Are you the right fit for a DanceBugs teacher?

DanceBugs is all about having fun. So all our teachers must be energetic and encourage children to enjoy dance and replicate that passion and excitement from a young age. All our teachers need to be seen as role models to children and therefore must be extremely passionate about dance and working with children. You must also have a fun and bubbly personality, which can clearly come across when confidently teaching classes. Finally, you must be fully committed to work for an exciting and growing company, with lots of future opportunities as we expand.

Dance Teachers in Solihull and Birmingham

Successful candidates will be trained the DanceBugs way and will initially be given class plans and mentoring from our DanceBugs Manager. DanceBugs is a part of The Bugs Group.


If you believe this sounds like an exciting opportunity and one you would love to take on, please get in contact with us by calling 0121 777 7792 or applying via!

Children are ‘bingeing’ online and not getting enough Physical Exercise


With children spending too much time online, the children’s commissioner has sent out a warning to parents that they must try to limit their children ‘bingeing’ on social media.


The children’s commissioner (Anne Longfield) has likened social media to ‘sweeties’ and the children’s time spent online to ‘junk food’. In an interview with the Observer, she said; “None of us as parents would want our children to eat junk food all the time – double cheeseburger, chips, every day, every meal. For those same reasons we shouldn’t want our children to do the same with their time online.”

Children spending too much time online

According to Ofcom, children spending too much time online, even more than watching TV. They found that children aged five-fifteen were spending fifteen hours a week online, a figure that has dramatically risen over recent years. Children as young as three and four are spending a shocking eight hours a week online! This figure was previously at approximately six hours 48 minutes a week.


While the time spent online has risen, time spent doing other activities has subsequently decreased. The average time spent reading has dropped to just half an hour a day, with physical activity time also being reduced.


Over exposure to screens can also leave children with a negative mental wellbeing. The BBC reports that moderate use of devices with screens can have a benefit on the mental wellbeing of young people, but only up to a certain time period.


Children spending too much time online via mobile devices, games consoles or watching TV, are increasingly likely to live a sedentary lifestyle. Public Health England believe that a sedentary lifestyle along with lots of time spent on computers or watching TV can lower their self esteem and heighten the chances of emotional distress such as anxiety or depression.

Children spending too much time online

It is understandable that some parents may find it hard to keep their children entertained during the summer holidays. Children can easily become bored during the long break and therefore parents can see sitting them in front of a screen for hours on end as a perfect cheap and easy solution.


The Bugs Group believe that this does not encourage children to remain active and stay fit and healthy during the holidays. Too much of a sedentary lifestyle as a child can help reinforce the habits as a part of their lifestyle when growing up. This can result in health issues such as obesity and increased risk of heart disease.


Parents should be sufficiently balancing screen time with other activities, like reading and physical activity as previously mentioned. Currently, the government recommends that children should undertake a minimum of one hours physical activity per day. In 2013, a staggering 70% of young people were not reaching this minimum figure of an hour’s physical activity a day. This is likely due to children spending too much time online. A good way to balance technology and activity is to balance the two with regular breaks throughout the day. Another possible way to limit internet/screen usage is to offer it as a reward for good behaviour or for performing other activities.


The Bugs Group run holiday camps in Solihull as well as weekend community classes throughout Birmingham. We look to ensure that all children remain active throughout the school holidays and most importantly enjoy physical activity. All our camps and classes are taught in a fun and engaging way to keep children engaged throughout the sessions.

FootieBugs Kids Football Holiday Camp Solihull

We make sure that all children reach the minimum of an hour’s physical activity and hopefully encourage them to carry on doing more when they go back home! All our sessions are focused on boosting children’s self esteem and confidence by allowing them to progress at their own pace and by giving them continuous encouragement – making them feel like a star.


To find out more about The Bugs Group’s Holiday Camps, please click here or to find out more about The Bugs Group’s Community Classes, please click here.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please call 0121 777 7792 or email

Introducing The FootieBugs Junior Coach Programme

FootieBugs Football Coaching in Solihull

FootieBugs are pleased to announce the introduction of our Junior Coach Programme! New for our Summer Holiday Camp in 2017, we are offering the opportunity for 12-16 year olds to work with our expert coaches to gain fantastic experience; perfect for a career in football coaching!

FootieBugs Football Junior Coaching Solihull

Junior Coaches will attend the FootieBugs Holiday Camp in Solihull and help coach children from the ages of 4-12. Alongside our coaches, junior coaches will learn how to set up coaching sessions, coach a warm up and fun game, provide support on children’s technical football ability and much more!


There are five different levels to complete throughout the Junior Coach Programme. Level one of the programme covers the beginner aspects of coaching, by shadowing a technical session, assisting in the set up of sessions and also helping give out rewards at the end of week presentation.


As Junior Coaches progress towards level five, they will be learning how to referee matches, learn how to set up and organise sessions themselves and also run a technical skills session on their own for half an hour!


Throughout the programme, Junior Coaches will develop their leadership and communication skills, as well as their overall confidence in coaching. Coaches will also get involved and join in playing in some of the sessions.

FootieBugs Football Junior Coaching Programme Solihull

Junior Coaches that book onto a full week of the programme will also receive a special coach uniform and workbook to fill out throughout the week!


The Junior Coach Programme works as the perfect first step for aspiring coaches to gain valuable experience and learn ‘the FootieBugs way’. Junior Coaches will also have an excellent opportunity to become a fully qualified FootieBugs coach once they have completed full time education – and we would love to see them return in the future!


If you would like more information or to book onto the Junior Coach Programme at our Solihull Summer Holiday Camp, then give head office a call on 0121 777 7792.

DanceBugs Beauty and the Beast Themed Summer Holiday Camp


Our DanceBugs Kids Dance Summer Holiday Camp in Solihull is underway! We’re so excited for lots of fun dance activities to celebrate the schools breaking up for the Summer Holidays!


Kids Dance Summer Holiday Camp in Solihull

The theme of the camp this week is the popular story of Beauty and The Beast, which will be celebrated with dances based upon different scenes in the play! Kids on the Dance Summer Holiday Camp in Solihull will also have the chance to get creative with their movements through exploring different dance styles. Children will learn moves including; double plié taps, switch turns and arabesque.


On the Thursday at the camp, the children will perform their special Beauty and The Beast routine to their parents. After the performance, there will be a fantastic awards ceremony, where kids are made to feel special as they are all awarded with certificates and rosettes for their wonderful routine!

Kids Dance Summer Holiday Camp in Solihull

A recent BBC news article discussed the rising prices of childcare for parents during the school summer holidays. Click here to read our recent blog on how The Bugs Group’s holiday camps compare to the national average cost!


The DanceBugs holiday camp is open to boys and girls from ages 4-12 and runs from 9:30am-3:30pm, with extended hours available. The camps is running at the Solihull Sixth Form, which is also the same venue as our FootieBugs holiday camp! This is perfect for siblings who may be looking to take on different activities during the Summer Holidays, with easy pick up and drop off at the same venue. To find out more about the Kids Football Summer Holiday Camp in Solihull, please click here.


If you would like to book onto the DanceBugs  Kids Dance Summer Holiday Camp in Solihull, please click the button below or call 0121 777 7792 to secure your place!

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Government Confirms Commitment to Double School Sports Premium Funding

Last week, the Department for Education confirmed that Primary PE & Sport Premium funding will double when the new academic year starts in September 2017!


MP Justine Greening announced:


 “As well as this additional investment through the national funding formula, I am confirming our commitment to doubling the physical education and sports premium for primary schools. All primary schools will receive an increase in their PE and sports premium funding in the next academic year.” (Department of Education)


The Bugs Group are thrilled to see that the Government have kept their promise from the 2016 budget to increase the amount of funding that is made available for Primary Schools to spend their School Sports Premium on PE provision for their schools.


It was announced today (28th July 2017), that schools with 17 or more eligible pupils would now receive £16,000 plus an extra £10 per pupil! This extra funding will be used by schools to ensure that there are large amounts of high quality sport provision on offer to pupils.

As the obesity levels of children in the UK continuing to rise, with an estimated third of children aged between 2 and 15 were either overweight or obese (, the increased funding must seek to get kids more active to combat these figures. Currently, the minimum amount of physical exercise children should get at school is 2 hours. We would love to see either this minimum figure increased, or schools actively working to increase their own levels!


Some of the increased School Sports Premium funding is expected to be supported by the new Sugar Tax. The government have stated: “The revenue from the levy will be invested in programmes to reduce obesity and encourage physical activity and balanced diets for school age children.” It is great to see the government recognising the need to make changes and reduce the ridiculously high amounts of sugar in soft drinks, which can contain more than a child’s maximum recommended intake of sugar per day.


The Bugs Group work within schools, providing excellent quality of physical activities for children. Whether it be through curriculum PE lessons, or through extracurricular clubs either before school, during lunchtimes or after school. All our sport development programmes are tailored to suit each individual schools’ needs and target any issues they may be seeing.

The Bugs Group working within schools

Through FootieBugs, YogaBugs, DanceBugs and MultiBugs, we focus on improving children’s confidence, concentration and listening skills, as well as their technique and overall fitness!


The Bugs Group also run community classes, holiday camps and birthday parties. If you would like more information on any of our programmes and how we work within schools, please call 0121 777 7792 or email

Former Birmingham City Player Mitch Hancox joins FootieBugs to give back to the Community!

Ex Birmingham City and current Macclesfield Town defender Mitch Hancox has become a FootieBugs coach to help give back to his local community and coach some potential stars of the future at our football classes in Solihull!


Mitch Hancox FootieBugs Coach Kids Football Classes in Solihull

Mitch, who was born in Solihull and has supported Birmingham City all his life, spent 14 years at his boyhood club, playing 48 times for the first team. He was part of the memorable game against Bolton Wanderers, putting in a perfect cross to assist Nikola Zigic for a goal in the 2-2 draw which saw the Blues stay up on the last day of the 2014 season. He joined Macclesfield Town in August 2016 and enjoyed a successful first season, scoring 6 goals (including a hat-trick against Boreham Wood) and also helping Macclesfield to an appearance at Wembley in the FA Trophy Final!


Mitch Hancox New FootieBugs Coach
Alongside playing professionally at Macclesfield, Mitch is delighted to join the FootieBugs team and coach children at our local football community classes in Solihull.


We recently sat down with Mitch, who spoke about why he chose FootieBugs and the lack of opportunities he had at a young age.


A big thing for me was playing football and especially playing at the high level I have played, you always want to give something back and since I’ve been doing my training here at FootieBugs, I’ve not seen one child without a smile on their face and it’s just a brilliant thing to do. If you love football, then you want to give something back.”


View the full interview with Mitch here. We also filmed a special ‘team-mates’ video with Mitch, finding out more about the players he has worked with or come up against throughout his career. Click here to watch the video and find out who Mitch’s idol was growing up, who the toughest players he has faced are and lots more!


Mitch will begin coaching at the Solihull Sixth Form and Tudor Grange Leisure Centre at our community football classes in Solihull. FootieBugs ensure that children are given the best football coaching possible at a young age to not only develop their core skills, but gain positive and fun experiences of football, whilst also developing their social skills through working in teams and making new friends!
Mitch Hancox FootieBugs Coach Kids Football Classes and Holiday Camps in Solihull
As Mitch progresses through FootieBugs and gains more experience coaching, he aspires to work with the children at the FootieBugs Academy. At the Academy he would be coaching FootieBugs children with a chance to earn a place at his former club Birmingham City, in their academy and youth system.


FootieBugs run Kids Football Classes in Solihull for boys and girls aged 3-12, as well as Kids Football Holiday Camps and also Kids Football Birthday Parties. As part of The Bugs Group, we run lots of kids holiday camps in Solihull. We offer free taster sessions to allow you to come and try one of our classes and have a look for yourself how our fantastic programmes work. To book your taster – click the button below or call 0121 777 7792 today!


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